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Southern Museum of Flight

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Address: 4343 N 73rd St, Birmingham, AL 35206-3642
Phone Number: 205 833 8226
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Description: An aircraft hangar museum with exhibits of authentic old airplanes.

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Not for the flighty

Such a rich and diverse flight museum! So much to see, and something of interest for everyone! History, mechanics, hands on, simulators and a cute play place for the littles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Such a rich and diverse flight museum! So much to see, and something of interest for everyone! History, mechanics, hands on, simulators and a cute play place for the littles! Worth every penny!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It has very interesting exhibits for adults and children. Very friendly and hospitable staff. Not too big so kids and adults don't get bored with the length of a visit there.

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Houston, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a nice little museum. Admission prices were good. It's small, so a couple of hours would be enough to take a good look at everything. The exhibits and displays were great, and I loved the model aircraft carriers. There was also some emphasis on local aviation history, like the Tuskeegee Airmen, which was cool. It's very close to... More 

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Cheverly, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

They have dioramas that make the museum come to life. The price is reasonable and interesting. The room with experimental aircraft is very nice. I am a member of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and this one is more approachable. There is an area dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen and the women who flew planes during WWII.

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great recognition of the training and contributions of the all black flying squadrons to the success of WW II in Europe. Displays of the planes they flew to train and fly in Europe to escort bombers. Good collection of charcoal portraits in permanent collection and a current traveling exhibition of excellent paintings in tribute to African American pilots since the.... More 

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Hoover, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Been living in the greater Birmingham metro area for three years and never heard of it before. A friend suggested that my keep D's will have some good time there. The museum is located near the Birmingham airport, but hidden within residential buildings were you wouldn't be able to find it without a car navigation system. It is a small... More 

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United States
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This doesn't hald a candle to Kennedy Space Center, the Naval Aviation museum in Pensacola, the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson, or the National Air and Space Museum in DC. Not something you would want to see again and again and not a must see, but it is interesting none the less.

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West Chester, Ohio
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93 reviews 93 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

WOW! What a place! This museum is a hidden treasure! Keep in mind that this is not a huge museum - which allows you to really get involved with spending time on exhibits. There is an entire area of experimental aircraft, and planes (or aircraft pieces/objects) from just about every flight era. It's worth going just for the Soviet Gunship... More 

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Pearl, Mississippi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I decided to visit this museum as I was looking for something to do. I was pleasantly surprised as it was very informational. I would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in aviation.

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Brooklyn, New York
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123 reviews 123 reviews
22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I have been to other flight museums, and this one is small compared to them, but, nonetheless, it was still worth the visit. This museum has planes from the early ages of aviation, WWII, and the Vietnam war (they even have a couple of soviet aircrafts), as well as some modern ones. There are quite a few air flight simulators... More 

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